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IDF Reveals Hezbollah Buildup in Syria

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13 Mar 2019 (All day)
IDF Reveals Hezbollah Buildup in Syria
The IDF announced on Tuesday that is has evidence showing that the Iranian-backed Shi’ite terror militia Hezbollah “has begun an attempt to establish and entrench a covert force in the Syrian Golan Heights that is designed to act against Israel when given the order.” The project, which the IDF said was not yet operational, is being directed by Ali Mussa Daqduq, a senior Hezbollah operative who spent five years in an Iraqi prison for his part in an attack in 2007 which killed five US soldiers in the Karbala Governorate. 

“Hezbollah is taking advantage of the fact that Assad is busy in the north of the country and that villagers in the Syrian Golan need the money,” the IDF said, adding that “if Assad is serious then he has to have full control and know what is happening in his territory…the proximity of these communities to Israel is what allows the operatives to conduct observations continuously and without revealing their true goal – to convey information about the regular activities of our forces to Hezbollah and the leaders of the network.”

“We hold the Syrian Regime as the sovereign its territory and expect it to honor the terms of the 1974 Separation of Forces Agreement. We expect it to prevent any hostile elements, including Hezbollah, from operating out of its territory. The IDF will not allow any attempt by Hezbollah to entrench itself near the border and we will act with all our might to force this terrorist organization out of the Golan Heights and ensure the stability of the region.”

“The Northern Command and the 210th Division have identified the enemy’s movements and are acting to strengthen the security response at the border by strengthening intelligence gathering capabilities, fire capabilities and are defending the sector with increased forces,” said Brig.-Gen. Amit Fisher, Commander of the 210th Division. He added that IDF troops “are operating overtly and covertly to locate the enemy, force them away from the border and ensure security near the border.”

Israel’s Relations with the World Improving
There was some good news for Israel’s foreign relations this week as the 2020 budget proposed by US President Donald Trump and submitted for review by the US Congress on Monday included the full $3.3 billion in military assistance to Israel promised under a 10-year memorandum of understanding between the two countries signed by the previous US Administration. It was one of a small handful of ongoing Federal programs that the White House proposal didn’t include cuts to.

In related news, the Keren Kayemet L'Israel-Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) along with JNF Holland inaugurated a Water Project in Mitzpeh Ramon in honor of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands. Dutch Ambasador to Israel Gilles Beschoor Plug, President of the JNF Holland Professor Moshe Kon, CEO of the Mitzpeh Ramon Local Council Dror Dvash and other Dutch and Israeli officials honored the occasion with their presence.

Iranian Generals Threaten Israel Over Maritime Smuggling
Iran's Minister of Defense Amir Hatami issued a scathing rebuttal Wednesday to a recent statement by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Israel would act against illegal oil smuggling operations by the Islamic Republic. Characterizing such statements as a threat to carry out “piracy” Hatami said that 
"The Iranian armed forces have certainly the capabilities to protect the country's shipping lines in the best way against any possible threat.”

"We never welcome any war, but we are ready to respond to any invasion. We hope the aggressors do not need to understand this point by trying it and paying a high price," Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander Major General Gholamali Rashid added in remarks to Iranian media regarding the issue.

Israel’s Club Football Season Ends
The Maccabi Tel Aviv football (soccer) club finished the Premier League regular season with an undefeated record on Monday night, with 20 wins and six draws. This record puts the club in good position in the post-season as it attempts to continue its long tradition of success in Israeli football.

Today’s video shows yet another way Israel Blesses the World

 

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